I am Rodney Parker from Wilson, NC and serve as the Director of ALANA Services. I obtained my BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). Later, I received my Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!). I came to Loyola more than eight years ago and worked with the dynamic Center for Community Service and Justice staff. After the first two and a half years at Loyola, I joined the ALANA team in the Spring 2005. My job responsibilities include providing leadership for the ALANA team. I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. In my spare time, I like to read, hang out with friends, and listen to all types of music.
I, Kimberly Turner, hail from Sterling, VA. I joined the ALANA team as Associate Director in August of 2008. I previously was at James Madison University where I served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Multicultural Student Services for three years. James Madison is my alma mater as I received my B.S. in Psychology and Masters in College Student Personnel Administration in 2000 & 2004 respectively. (Yes, I'm a double Duke!) As a part of the ALANA team, I am responsible for the newly established academic retention initiatives, oversight of programming & leadership development, and support the Director with strategic planning and implementation for the office. When not at work, I enjoy playing soccer, basketball, reading, listening to music, and spending time with my family, especially my nieces.
I, Cristina Caridad Garcia, was born and raised in Yonkers, New York and joined the ALANA team as the Assistant Director in July of 2011. Before coming to Loyola, I was at Davidson College for one and a half years where I served as the Diversity Program Advisor and Area Coordinator. I obtained my B.A. in English at Siena College near Albany NY in 2007 and my Masters in College & Agency Counseling at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 2009. My responsibilities within the ALANA team include the oversight of programming, leadership development and student organizations, as well as supervision of our Graduate Assistants and support to the Associate Director and Director with the daily operations of the office. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my two dogs (Shadow and Jack), as well as playing tennis, swimming, spinning, listening to music, cooking, exploring my "new" surroundings and most of all spending time with my family, especially my God-daughter.
My name is Hong-yu Li. I was born and raised in China. In August of 2009 I joined Loyola University. Throughout my four-years of service at Loyola University as a Communication/Public Safety Officer, I have provided excellent customer service to Loyola students, faculty, staff, parents and Loyola community members. I have assisted Loyola students, faculty, staff, parents and Loyola community members with their various needs, and I have ensured the safety of Loyola community. I appreciate professional challenges and as such joined the ALANA team on September 16thof 2013. My responsibilities are to provide a wide range of receptionist, secretarial and clerical support to the Director, Mr. Rodney Parker, as well as office management duties, and to work collaboratively with the Associate Director, Kimberly Turner, and the Assistant Director, Cristina Garcia, to provide supervision for student employees and to assist with the coordination of major ALANA programs and initiatives. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I also like outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, touring, and I enjoy contemporary Christian music. I enjoy working hard and playing smart!
Academic & Career Enrichment
I am Gigi Biabo and the newest member of the ALANA services staff as the Academic & Career Enrichment Graduate Assistant. I will be coordinating career and academic workshops, hot topics and compiling a database of internships and scholarships for undergraduate students. I am originally from Puerto Rico, but I grew up in Cameroon. I earned my B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Human Services with a minor in Psychology at Stevenson University. I am currently working on my Master of Education in School Counseling. When I am not working or in school, I blog for Fashion Unplugged, I cook multicultural dinners, and I catch up on my favorite shows (Rizzoli & Isles, Ray Donovan, Scandal, and Twisted).
Leadership Development & Cultural Programming
I am Krista, the Leadership Development and Cultural Programing Graduate Assistant. I will be working closely with student leaders on collaboration and leadership programs, as well as working directly with ALANA student organizations to coordinate heritage celebrations and manage other ALANA social events. I am a proud Baltimore native who has always aspired to positively impact the lives of children and young adults. I attended Baltimore City College High school, and then went to Howard University in Washington D.C. earning a degree in Human Development. You can catch me listening to anything from jazz to hip-hop to classical music. I also love to read, shop, play board games and learn about different cultures. Currently, I'm enrolled in the School of Education at Loyola studying School Counseling. Upon completing graduate school I would like to work with inner-city high school students in Baltimore and eventually become a college advisor.
Kasey Quinn Graduate Assistant
Research & Retention
I, Kasey Quinn, am excited to be a part of the ALANA Services staff as the Research and Retention Graduate Assistant. My main responsibilities include managing the ALANA Mentoring Program and conducting research to examine how ALANA Services can continue to best serve students. I earned my B.A. in religion from Goucher College where after I also worked in residence life after completing my degree. I am currently enrolled in Loyola's graduate program in school counseling. When I’m not busy with school or work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, volunteering, gardening, and traveling.
ALANA Student Assistants
Left to right: Rayven Dave, Megan Bhatia, Oscar Cisternas and Laurel Robbins
Rayven Dave, '14
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Business Marketing & Information Systems
Hobbies: Watching movies, going to the FAC and hanging out with friends.
Jamahn Lee, '16
Hometown: Hanover, PA
Laurel Robbins, '14
Hometown: Hopewell, NJ
Major: Global Studies
Hobbies: Watching movies, going to the beach, playing volleyball, martial arts, cars and Devils Hockey!
Danielle Thorne, '16
Hometown: New Haven, CT
Hobbies: Singing, drawing, writing and blogging.